Tips On Cleaning Windows

Tips On Cleaning Windows

Even a small layer of dirt on your windows can limit how much sun shines through. It’s worth making window cleaning a regular part of your cleaning rota and not just a spring cleaning event.

To clean your windows you will need to use a streak-free window cleaner that doesn’t have ammonia or alcohol in it. You can make your own mixture at home using everyday items instead. Make sure to use a microfibre cloth or an absorbent, clean paper towel, and rinse the windows after to ensure no streaking.

Why Are My Windows Streaky After I Clean Them?

Promises of streaky-free cleaning solutions might be a little far-fetched. Although some cleaning solutions are superior; streaks may persist under certain circumstances. So what causes streaks on your newly cleaned windows?

The first thing that could cause the streaks is the evaporation rate. If it’s a particularly hot day then your streak-free cleaning solutions may evaporate too fast which can leave behind a residue on your window. The other reason is a user error, if you don’t remove the cleaning solution after use it can leave behind streaks.

Using the wrong kind of cloth can also encourage streaks on your newly cleaned window. If you use a cloth that’s not properly absorbent then this will lead to the cleaning solution being moved around instead of being removed. This will leave behind nasty-looking streaks as the dirt and the solution have combined on the window.

Why are my windows streaky?

What Products To Use

If you go to the store to pick up some products for cleaning your windows then you should look for cleaning solutions that do not contain alcohol or ammonia. These are more likely to leave streaks on your window and they’ll leave a thin layer that will attract more dust. Just look out for a bottle that specifies it’s ammonia or alcohol-free.

Alongside your spray bottle, you should pick up a microfibre cloth. A normal clean paper towel will work too but you need to ensure it’s a soft lint-free cloth. When you wipe down the window surface wipe from multiple different directions – this will help you avoid streaks.

If you have a particularly tough area to clean do not use a knife or a razor blade to get rid of it. This has the risk of damaging the window and leaving scratches on the surface. Instead, you can use something strong like WD-40 or acetone which can break down the substance. Then you can clean the window as normal.

Homemade Window Cleaning Solutions

The homemade route can be done using things most people have around the house. If not, the products are very cheap to buy and you’ll be able to top up as and when you need. The best homemade window cleaner is made with white vinegar. Its acidic properties make it very easy to break down any grime on your windows.

To make the solution you should add 1 part vinegar to 10 parts water inside of a spray bottle. Use a microfibre cloth or paper towel to get rid of any dust. Then use the cloth with the vinegar mixture to wipe down the windows. Follow this with a separate cloth to remove the solution from the window and remove any streaks.

If any streaks remain just use some clean water to get rid of them.

How to clean windows

How To Clean Outside Windows

Outside windows are a slightly bigger task than the inside as they will accumulate more dust and dirt from exposure to natural elements. Depending on the size of your windows you may want to adjust your strategy slightly.

If you can, start by giving the windows a good rinse with a hose. This will help remove some of the grime and loosen up what remains. Now add to a bucket some water and dish soap. Using a sponge or soft cloth mop so you can run this along the windows to get rid of the remaining dirt.

Rinse again with the hose and then using your homemade or store-bought window cleaner to spray the windows and clean with a cloth. You can add the cleaner to a bucket and use the mop if your windows are too large. Use a squeegee to remove the solution from the window in a downwards direction.

Window cleaning tips

How Often Should You Clean Your Windows

Every month or two is a good amount of time to aim for but the frequency depends on your surroundings. For people who live in areas like cities, forests or the countryside then you may need to clean as often as once a month. Those of us who live in areas with less dirt can stretch this out to two months or longer.

It all depends on how much dirt is likely to stick to your windows. If you start to notice that the light in your room is dimmer, this could suggest there is a layer of dirt blocking the light. You can clean your windows as frequently as you like, using store-bought or homemade solutions. Alternatively, you could contract out the work.


Whether you decide to clean your windows yourself or hire a professional to do it, cleaning your windows is an important part of looking after your house. If they are left uncleaned for a long time then more dirt will start to build up on top of the first layer of dirt. This can make your whole house look in poor condition.

Cleaning your windows is really simple and cheap to do by yourself. Store-bought window cleaners and cloths do not cost a lot of money. Nor does creating your own solution using vinegar and water at home. The biggest worry of leaving streaks behind can be addressed by giving the windows a final rinse with clean water.

Your windows will look amazing and the light from the sun will fill up your rooms brighter than before. The cleaning solution should make it harder for dirt to stick to your windows for a month or two. By keeping a regular cleaning schedule you can avoid dirt altogether.

 If time is a big problem for you then getting a window cleaner for the outside may be the best solution. For the inside, why not try someone like Diamond Home Support. We can provide you with a professional, reliable and affordable domestic cleaning service from the many local offices we have around the UK.

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